Friday, June 22, 2012

Pride and Prejudice: The Fedora 17 Edition

This afternoon I installed Fedora 17 Linux Distribution on my netbook. So far it has been amazing. In fact, it is so amazing, that I have decided to put in on my mighty-powerful desktop. Putting it will only make the desktop more powerful, faster.

There has been an war in OS world for a decade now. Windows sneer at the Linux users, the Linux guys mock the windows users. There is also another OS for the bimbos, that is Mac OS.

Mac gives no control over the OS. Windows gives moderate. Linux gives full.

To be honest, there are some applications on windows that I really enjoy (e.g. Adobe LIghtroom). The thing I don't like about Windows is, it comes in between the user and the application- which in my view is annoying. I don't have that many complains about OS X. The one and only complain I have against OS X is that it doesn't give any freedom to its users in customizing the interface. You are stuck with the gray bars forever.

The main thing I like about Linux is that I am fully in control. I can control every aspect the operating system. Once I set things right, I don't have to worry about it for years. With that said, Fedora is not a rolling-release distro. It has a life span of only one year. But that's okay with me, since I like to experiment with things. If you install Arch Linux or Sabayon, you can theoratically use it till the end of time.

I have set up all the things in Fedora 17. I have exactly what I need in it- nothing more, nothing less. This has been an amazing distro. I can say that because in last two hours I have tried all the weird things possible in it, and it has survived all.

The reason I mentioned "Pride and Prejudice" in the title is to get more focus on the fact that I am not trying to convince you in any way that Linux (or Fedora) is better. It is just my choice, and it goes the way that I want it to go. That's it. Clear and simple.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Learn Photography in an Involuntary Way: Develop the Photographer's Eye

One famous photographer said, "Your first 10,000 photos are your worst". I extend this statement, and say, "Your first 30,000 photos are your worst". By the time you take 30000 photos, you either give up photography or become a very good photographer. At the same time, if you do not have passion for photography, you cannot reach the 30000 photos milestone.

While, taking photos is the most direct way to learn photography, you can sharpen your eye for it in an involuntary way. Make yourself exposed to a lot of good photographs, and you will soon start developing the photographer's eye.

I would recommend you to add a bunch of photographers on Google+. When you are registering for Google+, the option comes up. If you have missed that step, search on "Google" for some shared circles on photography and add the circle to your own profile. Add as many photographers as you want. Soon you will see a pattern. Soon, you will discover what kind of photography you like. Follow them, copy-paste their style- it doesn't matter. Keep taking photos. Keep looking. In two years you will become a better photographer.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

The Measurement of Ambition: cm or inch?

You are as great as your ambition.

I have tore off more than 700 pages in 2005. All those 700 pages were full with my writing. Why did I tear them apart? Because they didn't survive my standards. It's funny if you look at it: your own writing didn't survive your own standard. So what are you supposed to do? Quit?

Quitting is the easiest option in any situation. If your personality allows it, then go ahead. QUIT.

To be honest, I didn't write much post 2005. I got a feeling that, may be writing isn't in me. I was wrong. I discovered that recently.

I found few pages that I had forgotten to tear off at that time. I read them, and I was engaged very soon. I looked for the other pages to know what Captain McGinity was going to do. I had picked up the name McGinity from one of the Sherlock Holmes novels. He was my dream character. At that time I used to read Jules Verne a lot. All the stories I wrote at that time had some influences from Jules Verne. I also wrote romantic stories. I couldn't finish any- because they were not real. I wrote one story every time I was infatuated with a girl. I often could not talk much with those girls. So I wrote stories to figure out how it would feel if we were lovers. Often those stories were unfinished, because I couldn't come to a decision what to do with them. I was not comfortable with the girl leaving me, I was not comfortable living with that girl my entire life.

So what does all these lead to? I didn't write crappy stories. My taste was too high. My taste is still high. This time I will work hard enough to be as great as my ambitions.

Did someone say, "The journey of a thousand miles start with a single step?"